NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two men are in custody after police say they led officers on a chase in a stolen van Wednesday morning. One of the suspects was tased before his arrest.
A North Charleston police patrol unit received a hit in reference to a white mini-van that was possibly stolen. The officer began following the van while waiting for a second unit to arrive. At the corner of Reynolds and Rivers Avenues, the van began to turn into the Tiger Mart. The officer then activated his blue lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The van then traveled through the parking lot of the Tiger Mart and proceeded back onto Rivers Avenue eastbound toward King Street Extension. As the officer activated his siren, the vehicle took a hard right onto Success Street and then a left turn onto Meeting Street, failing to yield for traffic. The traveled down Meeting Street eastbound towards Misroon Street at approximately 80 mph.
The vehicle then made a hard right turn onto Misroon Street and another right onto Appleton Avenue where police observed both the passenger and driver's side doors open. Both suspects exited and were seen cutting through yards on foot near Adair Street heading towards Becker Street.
The suspects split up and police units separated while continuing to follow the suspects. The passenger, 44-year-old James Oliver Venning, of North Charleston, was apprehended first. Officers had to tase Venning after they say he resisted commands to stop.
Officers then focused efforts on catching the driver, 33-year-old Joe Antonio Scott, of James Island. Officers were able to locate the driver's white polo shirt lying in a yard directly behind 2138 Adair St. An officer then saw what appeared to be an arm from under the residence.
After pulling away an old piece of plywood covering an access hole for the residence, police located Scott and placed him under arrest. Scott told police that he did not know the vehicle was stolen and that he got the van Tuesday from a man he only knows as "Rambo."
Venning told police that he caught a ride with Scott from a scrap yard and was just getting a ride home. Venning had several tools on him, including a small flashlight, pliers, gloves and a screw driver. Scott also had one glove and a flashlight on him.
Scott was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and possession of burglary tools. Venning was charged with possession of burglary tools and disorderly conduct in reference to him obstructing a police investigation by fleeing from a felony crime scene.
Police located several pieces of an air conditioning unit in the rear of the van and several more screw drivers and other tools.
Both suspects where transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.